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Professor found guilty of reporting false data By Mike Corasaniti Staff Writer
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Three years after anonymous allegations surfaced against the director of University of Connecticut’s Cardiovascular Research Center, a 60,000page investigatory report on research misconduct has confirmed his guilt. Dipak Das, a professor in the UConn Department of Surgery, has been the topic of a threeyear investigation of his sevenyear tenure at the University of Connecticut. With the conclusion of the investigation, Das
has been found guilty of 145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data. As a result of the misdoings, the UConn Health Center has reported to 11 of the 26 scientific journals across the country that had studies published by or with the assistance of Das. The scientific journals include Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Journal of Cellular & Molecular Medicine and Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. “We have a responsibility to correct the scientific record and inform peer researchers across
the country,” said Philip Austin, interim vice president for Health Affairs, in a written statement. After the anonymous tip was filed to the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in 2008, the UConn Health Center was quick to work with the offices in the investigation. “We are grateful that an individual chose to do the right thing by alerting the appropriate authorities. Our findings were the result of an exhaustive investigation that, by its very nature, required considerable time to complete,” Austin said. Das graduated from Jadavpur
University and received his Ph.D. from Calcutta University in India before joining the UConn staff in 1984. Despite many strong years of research for the university, Das’s accusations, which include the doctoring of at least 26 peer-reviewed studies on resveratrol, the substance in red wine thought to promote health, are a dark stain on his years of positive accomplishments. More specifically, Das unethically combined results from different studies by altering a type of digital readout known throughout the scientific community as a Western blot.
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Army ROTC member and UConn freshman Robert Kitch (above) pulled an unconscious man from his burning vehicle after a three-car accident Tuesday night on the corner of North Eagleville Rd. and Rt. 195.
Robert Kitch was headed back to his dorm room in East Tuesday night, having just had dinner at Northwest Dining Hall, when he heard the sounds of crunching metal. It was 4:50 p.m. and a three-car accident had occurred just behind him on North Eagleville Road, right where the street meets Route 195. He saw the accident, he said, but said it didn’t initially look that bad. “I actually pushed the button at the crosswalk,” the freshman Army ROTC member recalled, “I was just going to cross the street.” Before he did, though, he looked back and realized something wasn’t right. “The other two drivers had gotten out of the cars right away and I didn’t notice another driver,” he said. “Out of instinct, I guess, I ran toward the car.” The driver of the rearmost car appeared to be unconscious in the driver’s seat. Kitch recalls seeing the front tires of the vehicle spinning rapidly, throwing plumes of white smoke out from under the car. “The tire popped and the rim starting hitting the ground,” Kitch said. “It threw sparks everywhere, which ignited that side of the car. So I went around back to the other side and started hitting the window.” Kitch drove his right elbow into the front passenger window in an attempt to break the glass. When his arm didn’t work, he began kicking it. “It was not budging,” he said. Kitch said the glass was just beginning to crack when another bystander brought over the
hammer that they used to break the window and pull the unconscious man free. “I was holding him while they were giving him treatment cause he was unconscious when we got him out,” he said. He described the grassy slope next to North Eagleville Road, just in front of the sign that welcomes visitors to campus, where he held the man until emergency responders arrived. “He was regaining consciousness,” Kitch said, “He was starting to talk to [emergency responders], but he didn’t know what was going on. He was coughing a lot, like, just pure black smoke coming out of his mouth.” Kitch remembers seeing the man’s eyes open when they loaded him on the stretcher and into the ambulance bound for Windham Hospital. Kitch rode in a different ambulance with the drover of another vehicle involved in the accident, for x-rays on the arm he had used to try to break the glass. “When I was in the hospital,” Kitch said, “one of the nurses came up to me while I was waiting for my x-rays and she said something like, ‘usually we don’t ever talk about other patients, but you saved his life and he’s gonna pull through’.” “Hearing that you saved a life is a pretty good feeling. It’s surreal,” Kitch said. Kitch also maintains that he isn’t a hero – he just did what needed to be done – but that didn’t stop people from commending his achievements. Classmates, professor and plenty of media approached
UConn’s Department of Marine Sciences, along with a northeast ocean-monitoring network, have been awarded a $1.77 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The grant will be used to make forecasts, as they have been for the past 10 years, according to James O’Donnell, chair of the network’s Strategic Planning Committee. “The general goal is to contribute to the persistent observation of the motion and properties of the ocean so we can make forecasts just like meteorological stations
help make weather forecasts,” said O’Donnell. UConn’s three buoys in the Long Island Sound measure wind speed, currents, waves and temperatures. The data is used on television news. The buoys also measure the level of dissolved oxygen concentration near the bottom of the sound. Since 1988, the dissolved oxygen concentration at the bottom of the western Long Island Sound has been so low that animals cannot survive. For the past three years, UConn’s buoys have been providing weather data to Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean
Observing Systems, according to a CLAS Today press release. UConn’s buoys also test water pollution levels. Connecticut’s sewage treatment plants have been making efforts to upgrade their systems to improve the water quality in the sound, according to the press release. In addition to taking measurements, UConn also operates a RADAR system, which the department will maintain with the grant. “We operate a RADAR system to measure current at the surface of the ocean in western Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound,” O’Donnell said. “Since this pro-
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gram is part of a national effort, we also make forecasts every hour of surface currents throughout the U.S. territorial waters to allow the U.S. Coast Guard to plan search and rescue missions.” UConn’s buoys are also used by other organizations. Ferry operators, tug boat operators and sailors all use the buoys, as well as researchers at other institutions who need help deploying their equipment, O’Donnell said. UConn’s Department of Marine Sciences hopes to maintain this system indefinitely and expand it to include more
Gov. Dannel Malloy proposed new voting legislation, calling for registration to be more efficient and accessible, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday. The legislation, which garnered support from Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Common Cause Board Chair Dr. Bilal Sekou, would create a web-based voter registration system for Connecticut residents. In order to qualify, all potential voters must have a valid Connecticut driver’s license and provide proper identification. Other measures include penalizing any efforts to restrict voter access and turnout while calling for statutes to govern absentee ballots. The proposed legislation is in direct response to Martin Luther King’s vision for improving voter rights while expanding voting accessibility. Under present law, absentee voters must prove that they are ill, handicapped or unavailable to vote on Election Day. Otherwise, there are restrictions on the usage of absentee ballots. The legislation would allow Election Day registration for new voters with minimal restrictions. According to a press release, Malloy said, “Today, I can think of no better statement to make in memory of Dr. King than to expand and assure access to voting rights, given everything he stood and worked so hard for.” He also said, “Voting is a great responsibility and an enormous opportunity. Following in the foot steps of Dr. King, we have an obligation to make every effort to preserve citizens’ access to the polls.” Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman also expressed her support in the press release, “Voting is power, and these reforms will give more Connecticut residents the power to decide who they want to represent them in government.” However, the legislation has also been met with backlash from some House Republicans, citing fraud and misconduct as
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“The abuses in one lab do not reflect the overall performance of the Health Center’s biomedical research enterprise, which continues to pursue advances in treatments and cures with the utmost integrity,” Austin said. As a result of the investigations, Das has had all externally-funded research to his laboratory frozen and is currently in the middle of dismissal proceedings. Some of Das’s most notable findings in his career include his research into the chemical
What’s on at UConn this weekend... Friday: Pre-Law Workshop Noon to 1 p.m. CUE, 130 Students who are interested in going to law school can attend this workshop about the application process.
Friday: Free Movie 10 p.m. to Midnight Student Union Theatre The 1984 version of Footloose features Kevin Bacon, who moves from the city to a small town where rock and roll and dancing have been banned.
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Malloy order allows retirees to help with storms
HARTFORD (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an executive order that allows Connecticut’s Department of Transportation to rehire retired workers on a temporary basis to help with snow removal and emergencies operations during the winter months. The state already has a temporary worker retiree program that allows retired state employees to be rehired for no more than 120 days per calendar year, but only for two calendar years. DOT spokesman Judd Everhart said Malloy’s executive order announced Thursday will allow retirees to be rehired temporarily over four calendar years. They will be paid a flat $17 an hour, with no other benefits, and will be hired only after 100 percent of the DOT’s regular road maintenance staff has been called out. The state has 1,100 maintenance workers and 215 private contractors.
Norwich to host first Democratic Senate debate
NORWICH (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate William Tong says he and his two fellow Democratic aspirants will be facing off in Norwich for the first in a series of candidate debates. Tong announced Thursday that he and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY’-suh-wits) have agreed to appear together on March 3 at the Norwich Free Academy. The Bulletin is sponsoring the debate. Tong, a state representative from Stamford, recently proposed that the three Democrats participate in six debates. All three hope to ultimately fill the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman. No debates have been announced yet for the Republican candidates. They include former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, Vernon Mayor Jason McCoy and Hartford attorney Brian K. Hill.
Man tied to drug death surrenders to police
ENFIELD (AP) — A Connecticut man featured on “America’s Most Wanted” and one of two brothers who police say supplied drugs that led to the 2002 death of a 16-year-old girl has turned himself in. The Hartford Courant reports that Jason Nedobity surrendered to Enfield police Wednesday. Makayla Korpinen, a sophomore at East Hampton High School, was the first victim in Connecticut of an Ecstasy overdose. Nedobity’s younger brother, Joseph, was Korpinen’s boyfriend. He pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and was sentenced to five years in prison in 2006.
Calif. high court to consider pot dispensaries
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state’s high court will attempt to clarify marijuana’s hazy legal status in California. The California Supreme Court on Wednesday voted unanimously to review how cities and counties regulate marijuana dispensaries. The court will address whether local governments can bar the pot shops despite voter passage of Proposition 215, which legalized marijuana use with a doctor’s recommendation. The court also will consider the continued conflict between state and federal authorities, who don’t recognize Proposition 215. Under federal law, marijuana is illegal in all forms. An appellate court last year struck down Long Beach’s attempt to license pot stores, ruling that the local ordinance conflicted with federal law. Another appellate court upheld Riverside’s right to close and prohibit dispensaries. The Supreme Court has not yet scheduled oral arguments for the cases.
Study counts dollar loss to RI from Mass. casinos PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Casinos in Massachusetts could siphon more than $100 million a year from the Rhode Island treasury, according to a study commissioned by Gov. Lincoln Chafee. The Providence Journal reports that the study says Rhode Island’s share of video-slot play at Twin River and Newport Grand could fall from $301 million last year to $210 million in 2017. At best, the state’s cut drops to $257 million in 2017. Christiansen Capital Advisors, the consultant hired by Chafee, says the extent of the loss depends on the location of the three Massachusetts casinos and racino. “The negative impact will be mitigated, but not overturned, with the addition of table games at Twin River,” according to the report.
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Black students: Duke study shows deeper problems RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An unpublished study by Duke University researchers that says black students are more likely to switch to less difficult majors has upset some students, who say the research is emblematic of more entrenched racial problems. The study, which opponents of affirmative action are using in a case they want the U.S. Supreme Court to consider, concludes black students match the GPA of whites over time partially because they switch to majors that require less study time and have less stringent grading standards. Opponents of affirmative action cite the study in a case they want the U.S. Supreme Court to consider. About three dozen students held a silent protest Sunday outside a speech by black political strategist Donna Brazile that was part of the school’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance. Members of the Black Student Alliance have met with the provost to express their unhappiness with the study and other issues on the Durham, N.C., campus. “I don’t know what needs to happen to make Duke wake up,” said Nana Asante, a senior psychology major and president of the Black Student Alliance. The reaction from black students has surprised one of the researchers, who said he wanted to show the need to find ways to keep minorities in difficult majors such as the natural sciences, economics and engineering.
Peter Arcidiacono, an economics professor at Duke, wrote the paper in May 2011 along with a graduate student and sociology professor Ken Spenner. Both Spenner and Arcidiacono are white. The paper has been under review since June at the Journal of Public Economics. The statistics would likely reflect trends at other schools, Arcidiacono said. The study notes that national science organizations have spent millions to increase the ranks of black science students. “It’s not just a Duke issue. It’s a national issue,” he said. The researchers analyzed data from surveys of more than 1,500 Duke students before college and during the first, second and fourth college years. Blacks and whites initially expressed a similar interest in tougher fields of study such as science and engineering, but 68 percent of blacks ultimately choose humanities and social science majors, compared with less than 55 percent of whites. The research found similar trends for legacy students — those whose parents are alumni. The study’s claim that majors such as natural sciences required more study time was based on students’ responses to survey questions about how many hours they spent each week on studying and homework. The study found that those fields required 50 percent more study time than social sciences and humanities courses. “I view the lack of (minority)
Duke first-year Jonathan Hill-Rorie joins other students in front of Duke Chapel during a protest in Durham, N.C.
representation in the sciences to be a problem, and I include my own field of economics,” Arcidiacono said. “I’d like to see programs that are successful in increasing that representation.” Black students at Duke haven’t taken that impression from the
study, which came to light when the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote about it earlier this month. Affirmative action opponents cite the study in briefs involving a challenge of the undergraduate admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin.
Herbst and students recognize Kitch’s courage from STUDENT, page 1 sling-clad Kitch about the accident. His appearance on NBC CT News Wednesday night thrust him further into the spotlight. “I was ready to turn my phone off,” he joked. The looks he gets when he walks around campus are “weird,” he says, but they don’t bother him. “It’s like being an athlete or something.” And the campus is taking
notice. UConn President Susan Herbst lauded Kitch and the others involved in the rescue in a statement on Thursday. “The quick-thinking and courageous actions taken by [Robert Kitch] and other nearby good Samaritans undoubtedly helped save someone’s life that night. Without hesitation, they risked their own safety for the sake of someone in dire need. That says a great deal about them and just as much about the
Plan receives backlash over possible fraud and misconduct from GOV., page 1 possible byproducts.
“The last thing we should be doing is sameday registration.” – Lawrence Cafero House Minority Leader According to an article from the CT Post, House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero said, “I think we’ve seen that over the last few years, until we mini-
mize fraud, the last thing we should be doing is same-day registration…There are stories you see about people paid on Election Day to go around to the polls and vote as many times as they can. I have grave concerns about it.” The proposals will be officially introduced on Feb. 8, marking the beginning of the legislative session. “I think this plan is a good idea, as it will improve voter participation in elections, especially among young people,” said Alexander Wood, an 8thsemester mechanical engineering student. “It’s healthy for democracy and will help to make more people feel included in the political system.”
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kind of students we have here at UConn. I’m so proud of them and thankful that they were in the right place at the right time.” “It kind of made me happy that I can have that kind of composure under stressful situations like that,” said Kitch, who was motivated to join the Army ROTC by the events of 9/11. “I also want to be a police officer when I’m done with the Army, so it made me really want to do that even more.”
“It’s definitely rewarding to know he’s gonna make it,” Kitch said. “I think he was pretty close to not making it when I saw him.” “I don’t even know his name,” Kitch said. He said he’d like the opportunity to speak with the man, or even meet him, once he’s ready and able, and wished him a speedy recovery.
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locations, O’Donnell said. “We also have some robots that can survey the ocean and telemeter data back to shore. We hope to integrate this type of technology to our network,” he said. The long-term goal for the department is to determine how the oceans are changing. “In the Long Island Sound, we only have good records of sea level for 100 years and surface temperature at a few coastal locations for about 50 years. In 20 to 50 years from now, I’d like to know what has changed and what caused it,” O’Donnell said.
resveratrol, which reportedly contains many antioxidant properties beneficial to human health and can be found in red wine. As a result of the investigations, Das’s findings that discussed the benefits of drinking red wine are now being called into question. “While we are deeply disappointed by the flagrant disregard for the University’s Code of Conduct, we are pleased the oversight systems in place were effective and worked as intended,” Austin said. Despite being awarded tenure by the university in 1993, the dismissal processes for Das are ongoing.
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Perry out, Gingrich gains, Romney pressured in US COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — Mitt Romney’s march to the Republican presidential nomination was jolted Thursday, two days ahead of the crucial South Carolina primary, as Rick Perry dropped out and endorsed a gaining Newt Gingrich. Gingrich’s campaign faced its own jolt just as new polls showed him rising: his second ex-wife says Gingrich asked for an “open marriage” in which he could have both a wife and a mistress, in a TV interview scheduled to air Thursday night. Romney has led the contest to select a challenger to President Barack Obama in November, benefiting from a fractured Republican field and the failure of conservatives to rally behind a candidate. Now there’s one less candidate to consider. “I know when it’s time to make a strategic retreat,” Perry, the former Texas governor, announced Thursday. Perry called Gingrich “a conservative visionary who can transform our country” and added, “Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?”
The remaining candidates will debate Thursday night. Gingrich, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, is emerging as the main rival to Romney. Polls show him in second place in South Carolina, gaining ground but still trailing the former Massachusetts governor by about 10 percentage points. Saturday’s South Carolina primary has been seen as the pivotal contest in the race, following what had initially been declared a very narrow victory for Romney in Iowa, the first nominating contest, and a solid Romney win in last week’s New Hampshire primary. Since 1980, no Republican has won the presidential nomination without a victory in the state. But Republican officials said Thursday that Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, edged Romney in Iowa by 34 votes, though no winner was declared because some votes remain missing. That means that even if Romney holds onto his lead and wins in South Carolina, he won’t be able to claim victory
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Kodak’s moment has come and gone. The glory days, when Eastman Kodak Co. ruled the world of film photography, lasted for over a century. Then came a stunning reversal of fortune: cutthroat competition from Japanese firms in the 1980s and a seismic shift to the digital technology it pioneered but couldn’t capitalize on. Now comes a wistful worry that this American business icon is edging toward extinction. Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, raising the specter that the 132-year-old trailblazer could become the most storied casualty of a digital age. Already a shadow of its former self, cash-poor Kodak will reorganize in bankruptcy court, as it seeks to boost its cash position and stay in business. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company hopes to peddle a trove of photo patents and morph into a new-look powerhouse built around printers and ink. Even if it succeeds, it seems unlikely to ever resemble what its red-on-yellow K logo long stood for – a brand synonymous in every corner of the planet with capturing, collecting and sharing images. “Kodak played a role in pretty much everyone’s life in the 20th century because it was the company we entrusted our most treasured possession to – our memories,” said Robert Burley, a photography professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. Its yellow boxes of film, point-
and-shoot Brownie and Instamatic cameras, and those hand-sized prints that made it possible for countless millions to freeze-frame their world “were the products used to remember – and really define – what that entire century looked like,” Burley said. “One of the interesting parts of this bankruptcy story is everyone’s saddened by it,” he continued. “There’s a kind of emotional connection to Kodak for many people. You could find that name inside every American household and, in the last five years, it’s disappeared.” Kodak has notched just one profitable year since 2004. At the end of a four-year digital makeover during which it dynamited aged factories, chopped and changed businesses and eliminated tens of thousands of jobs, it closed 2007 on a high note with net income of $676 million. It soon ran smack into the recession – and its momentum reversed. Years of investor worries over whether Kodak might seek protection from its creditors intensified in September when it hired major restructuring law firm Jones Day as an adviser. Its stock, which topped $94 in 1997, slid below $1 a share for the first time and, by Jan. 6, hit an all-time closing low of 37 cents. Three board members recently resigned, and last week, the company announced that it realigned and simplified its business structure in an effort to cut costs, cre-
that she share him with Callista Bisek, who would later become his third wife. The House speaker who pilloried President Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky was himself having an affair at the time. In excerpts of the interview released by ABC, Marianne Gingrich said the affair with Callista was conducted “in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington.” She also said Gingrich moved to divorce her just months after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The interview could hurt Gingrich in South Carolina, where religious and cultural conservatives are a big part of the Republican base. Gingrich, interviewed Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show, declined to speculate on how the interview would affect his campaign and said he wouldn’t “say anything bad” about his ex-wife. A campaign spokesman said he disputed his ex-wife’s account. R.C. Hammond told The
Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pauses while announcing he is suspending his campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich, Thursday.
in the first three contests – an achievement that would have made him appear to be the allbut-inevitable nominee. Gingrich’s candidacy has been boosted by strong debate performances. He had previously soared in polls, only to wither under scrutiny of his post-Congress work and his personal life,
which included three marriages and acknowledged infidelities. He is likely to receive more unflattering attention later Thursday when ABC News airs an interview with his second wife, Marianne Gingrich. In the interview, Marianne Gingrich said she refused to go along with her husband’s proposal
Associated Press: “It couldn’t be any more opposite of the truth.” A CNN/Time South Carolina poll released Wednesday showed Gingrich in second place with support from 23 percent of likely primary voters, having gained 5 percentage points in the past two weeks. Romney led in the poll with 33 percent. Santorum was in third place, narrowly ahead of Texas congressman and libertarian Ron Paul. The economy is the top issue in this election, and many voters feel Obama has poorly handled the recovery from the 2007-2009 Great Recession. Unemployment remains at 8.5 percent. In South Carolina, unemployment is 9.9 percent. The wealthy Romney, a venture capitalist, has campaigned on the assertion that his business background makes him the logical candidate to defeat Obama. But he faces growing scrutiny over his vast fortune and has acknowledged reports that he has part of his millions invested in the Cayman Islands. His aides say he never used the Caribbean Sea location as a tax haven.
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ate shareholder value and accelerate its long-drawn-out digital transformation. The human toll reaches back to the 1980s, when Tokyo-based Fuji, an emerging archrival, began to eat into Kodak’s fat profits with novel offerings like single-use film cameras. Beset by excessive caution and strategic stumbles, Kodak was finally forced to cut costs. Its long slide had begun. Mass layoffs came every few years, unraveling a cozy relationship of company and community that was perhaps unequaled in the annals of American business. Kodak has sliced its global payroll to 18,800 from a peak of 145,300 in 1988, and its hometown rolls to 7,100 from 60,400 in 1982. Veteran employees who dodged the well-worn ax are not alone in fearing what comes next. Some 25,000 Kodak retirees in this medium-sized city on Lake Ontario’s southern shore worry that their diminished health coverage could be clawed back further, if not disappear, in bankruptcy court. It’s a far cry from George Eastman’s paternalistic heyday. Founded by Eastman in 1880, Kodak marketed the world’s first flexible roll film in 1888 and turned photography into an overnight craze with a $1 Brownie camera in 1900. Innovation and mass production were about to put the world into cars and airplanes, the American Century was unfolding, and Kodak was
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ready to record it. “It’s one of the few companies that wiggled its way into the fabric of American life and the American family,” said Bob Volpe, 69, a 32-year employee who retired in 1998. “As someone at Kodak once said, ‘We put chemicals in one end so our customers can get memories out the other.’“ Intent on keeping his work force happy – they never orga-
nized a union – Eastman helped pioneer profit-sharing and, in 1912, began dispensing a generous wage dividend. Going to work for Kodak – “taking the life sentence,” as it was called – became a bountiful rite of passage for generations. “Most of the people who worked at Kodak had a middleclass life without a college education,” Volpe said. “Those jobs paid so well, they could buy a
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Ancient law has no place in state’s lawsuit over library
uing building companies for construction deficiencies may become a lot easier, at least for the State of Connecticut. To recoup losses from repairing leaks and cracks in the University of Connecticut’s law library, the Attorney General’s Office has sued nearly everyone involved with its shoddy design and construction. To justify its suit, currently under scrutiny before the state Supreme Court, the Attorney General’s Office has cited an obscure legal principle from 13th-century England. The principle, called “nullum tempus occurrit regi,” translates to “no time runs against the king” and would allow the State of Connecticut to sue whenever it wants to. Nullum tempus is essential to the state winning this case because then-Attorney General and current U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal waited 12 years to pursue legal action. This time period is far beyond the usual six-year limit for pursuing construction-related damages. Although the suit’s aim is understandable, with justice and financial compensation as its goals, its means are questionable. American jurisprudence never adopted nullum tempus as a legal principle from English common law, unlike other principles like habeas corpus. Nullum tempus holds a virtually nonexistent presence in American legal history. For precedent, the state has two controversial state rulings and a 2006 case in New Hampshire concerning water pollution. Calling upon nullum tempus is grasping for straws. If the Supreme Court accepts nullum tempus, the implications would go far beyond the construction industry. The state would gain the right to sue any entity, whether a corporation, small business or individual, without being limited to a statute of limitations. Such statutes restrict individuals and businesses from suing an entity years after the alleged misconduct. The state would gain immunity from this restriction. Individuals and businesses would, however, have no similar right against the state. “No time runs against the king” would become “time runs for everybody except the state government.” And who would become the king in this case? The governor or perhaps the attorney general. Regarding the law library itself, the state makes some correct allegations and some bad conclusions. Major structural deficiencies included widespread leaks, inadequate anchoring that produced exterior cracks and missing steel reinforcement within the backup walls. These gross oversights should have been discovered somewhere during the library’s design and construction. Probability suggests that at least one of the suit’s 25 defendants – architects, builders, consultants, inspectors, insurers and suppliers – failed to do their jobs. Nevertheless, it is unfair for the state to ignore its own failure while treating others so harshly. The State Department of Public Works managed the construction. If the structural deficiencies were so blatantly obvious, and missing them such a crime, the Department of Public Works should have noticed them. Common policy establishes a six-month statue of limitations regarding structural deficiencies. The state took more than six months to pursue legal action. The state took eight years. If the state did its own job, discussing an ancient royal privilege would be irrelevant. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
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Hunting for success in Connecticut
onnecticut is going to the bears, but not if the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection can help it. Responding to the state’s exploding black bear population, the DEEP is mulling plans for the first bear hunt since 1840. The proposition, though still in the early stages, is receiving strong criticism from predictable foes. Animal rights activists, including the Darien-based Friends of Animals, are up in arms. “We are watching,” said Nancy Rice, the organization’s outreach coordinator. “It’s definitely a bloody way to make money,” she added. Opponents like Rice are incorrect to By Arragon Perrone argue that the state’s Commentary Editor motivation is purely financial. The rationale behind the plan, currently being drafted under the governor’s review, is to maintain public safety. Since 1994, Connecticut’s black bear population has risen from virtually nonexistent levels to just under 2,800. Projections show the population rising further, doubling every half-decade. At the moment, bears may be little more than a nuisance, overturning trash cans in their quest for suburban leftovers. In a few years, however, these carnivores will be competing for resources with other species, including deer, rabbits, wild turkeys and neighborhood cats and dogs. This future scenario undermines Rice’s criticism, which suggests that allowing a bear hunt would be equivalent to blood sport. The state can safely argue that killing bears would protect other wildlife. If the population continues to rise, more bears will wander out of
the forest into people’s backyards, threatening children’s safety. Perhaps animal rights activists would disagree, but human’s lives are more important than bears’. If activists had to choose between harming a bear and allowing the bear to harm their child, there is a fighting chance they would save the child. In this same way, the state would choose its citizens’ welfare over the black bears’. Furthermore, the DEEP would regulate the hunt. Hunters, with a qualifying license, would pay a $25 dollar fee to enter a lottery. Winners would then acquire a $50 permit before embarking on their hunt. This multilevel process ensures that only a specific number of bears will hunt a limited, stateapproved number of bears.
“Perhaps an hour-long trip would make the bear hunt a matter of rationality rather than a matter of ideology.” Some animal rights activists oppose all hunting because they equate it to murder. Friends of Animals may simply be out-oftouch. The non-profit is located in Darien, a shoreline town with no recorded bear sightings. The bear population is concentrated in the northwest. Over 200 sightings have occurred in Avon and Farmington alone. Perhaps an hour-long trip would make the bear hunt a matter of rationality rather than a matter of ideology. Precedence exists for the DEEP’s proposal.
Every Northeastern state except Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island have legalized bear hunting. Yes, this would be the first bear hunt since the mid 1800s. However, this is not an example of society losing its morality through a return to primordial methods. Farmland decimated Connecticut’s forests and therefore its bear population. Only in recent years, with tremendous efforts to protect state forests and animals, has the bear population skyrocketed. Right off campus, UConn students can discover the remains of stonewalls, cutting strange paths through the forest. These woodlands used to be farmland, hence the stone walls. Just as the ban emerged from changing circumstances, today’s circumstances should initiate a stateregulated hunt. Hunting would not endanger the black bears. On the contrary, bear hunting provides an incentive for keeping black bears in the state. A demand for lean buffalo meat spurred the return of buffalo herds to the American West. Similarly, a demand for bear hunting would spur the continuance of black bears in Connecticut. Though counterintuitive on a superficial level, limited hunting saves animal populations; it does not destroy them. Instead of blindly listening to animal rights groups, state citizens should examine the DEEP proposal through historical context and a dedication to public safety. Doing so protects the black bears while maintaining the state’s human population as the government’s number-one priority.
Commentary Editor Arragon Perrone is a 7th-semester English and political science double major. He can be reached at Arragon.Perrone@UConn.edu.
Cost of higher education will soon surpass its value
first learned of “Tulip Mania,” which “swept the Dutch into a collective frenzy” from 1634-1637 while watching Michael Pollan’s documentary, “The Botany of Desire.” In 17th-century Holland, the bulbs of “broken tulips,” or those displaying mosaic coloration, were inflated in value to astronomical proportions. A single bulb of By Tim Brogan a carmine red called Semper Staff Columnist Augustus sold for the price of the finest Amsterdam Canal House, which in contemporary terms is equivalent to the value of 5th Avenue townhouse. That’s more than $10 million. Such a rapid increase in the trading of overvalued assets exemplifies the proverbial “bubble, ” a market tendency publicized during the dot-com boom of the 1990s and the more recent financial crisis of 2008. The Dutch affection for showy flowers created a market for tulips that was destined to be short-lived. Eventually, the worth of outstanding tulip deals totaled more than six times the total amount of money in circulation. Tulips stopped being sold and became worthless. My point is that speculative
bubbles have affected societies long before anyone had heard of Bear Stearns or Cisco – before their prominence in the headlines of modern America. By studying the economic implications of past irrational marketplace behavior, we can understand the precursors of bubbles and can identify one as it begins to inflate. Investor and PayPal founder Peter Thiel offers two requirements for something to be a bubble, both of which are met by higher education. It must be overpriced and there must be intense belief in it. Consider the average loan-borrowing college student. He or she will graduate with $25,000 in debt. And that seems like a conservative estimate. Steadily increasing tuition will only lead to more loans being taken and more debt being accrued. Here at UConn, the cost of undergraduate education will increase 6 percent each of the next four years, according to a plan approved by the Board of Trustees in December. Man, is it good to be a senior! The rapid rise in tuition due to surging enrollment means that universities are investing in their futures with borrowed money. With the total amount of student loans approaching $1 trillion,
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surpassing that of credit card debt, and federal loan defaults on the rise, the trends in higher education are nothing short of alarming. A college degree has become an embedded – almost mandatory – component of the American Dream. Just ask any high school senior what they aspire to do upon graduation. Ever since the government began funding this dream through the Higher Education Act and the GI Bill, people have been speculating, like people did with information technology, mortgages, and yes, tulips. Having doubled in the past decade, tuition and fees are growing faster than the rate of inflation in any other major sector of the economy. As post-secondary education becomes the norm, more and more students are taking financial risks to obtain it. The prospects of an ideal job on the outside are shrinking, yet we are willing to pay much more than previous generations for a degree fraught with uncertainty. Numbers show that higher education is still worth it. The higher a degree you have, the higher your job security and salary will be. On average, those who graduate college are subject to lower unemployment rates. This is all true.
But the premium of a Bachelors degree over a high school diploma is shrinking. A BA that used to guarantee a smooth transition into middle class job now may only guarantee a long, frustrating and potentially unsuccessful job search. When used for the sole purpose job leverage, a college degree becomes a commodity to be bought. And all commodities, especially ones that rise in price unsustainably, are susceptible to speculative bubbles and eventually deflation. The monetary value of a college diploma as a commodity has exceeded its intrinsic value, which is the acquisition of knowledge as well analytical and technical skills required for a successful professional life. Though the intrinsic value of higher education – learning – withstands the test of time, the viability of a degree in the job market, for some majors more than others, is subject to change. Just as matter is bound to the laws of physics, commodities are bound to the laws of economics. Like matter, value cannot be created nor destroyed, only artificially inflated. Staff Columnist Tim Brogan is an 8th-semester natural resources major. He can be reached at Timothy.Brogan@UConn.edu.
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Making college tuition free would have unignorable benefits
onnecticut is one of five states that pays more to incarcerate its children than educate them. On the whole, it costs $12,000 a year to educate a child and $31,000 a year By Rafael to incarcerate Perez-Segura them. Paying Staff Columnist for children to be locked up and further set back does not makes sense to me, especially in the middle of an intensifying debate on how to improve Connecticut’s lagging school system. In fact, with all the money that could be saved by educating our children, it makes sense for all schooling to be free, including the University of Connecticut. Though it is more expensive to educate a college student than a high school student, spending between 1996 and 2007 on corrections in Connecticut increased by more than three times, according to NPR. In
that same time period, spending on higher education increased significantly less, from $557 million to $644 million. There is more to offering a free college education than giving free rides to all who successfully went through a rigorous school up bringing, whether they “deserve it” or not. It’s possibly one of the most effective ways to decrease income inequality in the country. It could be much more effective than any of our current entitlement programs in achieving this goal, and thus education reform is more than a reform of a school system; it’s the reform of a society. Some find this frighteningly non-practical. I find it worthy of serious consideration. Evidence for the positive effect that equal schooling can have on a society can be seen in Finland. According to the Atlantic Wire, the country has consistently topped the PISA tests, which test the proficiency of fifteen year olds from various
developed countries in math, science, and reading comprehension, of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Developments (OECD), a club of rich countries. Finland is very different from the U.S., and thus shouldn’t be copied as if it were a manual. However, the general conclusion I have reached from learning about Finland’s success is that equality breeds quality in both education and society over the long run. Many may discredit this claim by emphasizing that Finland is very different from the United States. As the Atlantic Wire points out, if one compares Finland to its similarly populated neighbor Norway, which follows an American system of education, it produces mediocre results. Moreover, despite the relative homogeneity of the Finnish population, its immigrant population has doubled within the last decade and there has been no decline in education quality, a problem that the
United States may tout as particular to itself.
“The state of Connecticut should provide a free college education for all of us, because we’re worth it.” Growth with equity, in fact, has empirically been shown to be most desirable for development. The International Labor Organization (ILO), a specialized United Nations agency, recently praised Brazil for its effective social policy implemented in a parallel fashion to its largely prudent macroeco-
nomic policies. In fact, a recent report by the ILO on Brazil’s unusual resilience to the world economic recession credits Brazil’s emphasis on equality as well as sound economic policy for its success. I encourage you to go online, access academic journals, and find out how much empirical evidence supports growth with equity, as one source should not be enough to convince you. I imagine you actually know that, attending a university and all. We live in an information age where knowledge and access to knowledge is valued. You are a creator of knowledge and can critically interpret it. The state of Connecticut is loaning Jackson Labs millions of dollars in anticipation of a handsome return on investment in a couple decades because it sees it as an investment. Connecticut seems to be very happy to fund correctional facilities at a much higher rate than higher education because it is easy to con-
vince people that “bad” people should be in jail. Based on these “investments” in future job creation and public safety, I am surprised our education isn’t paid for as well. I thought that we were investments as well. The state wants you to pay to go to school to invest in yourself. However, you can’t invest in reading books for leisure, thinking for the sake of thinking, or really focus on learning, because of the issue of debt. If you and I are really “future” investments for the state of Connecticut, we should be treated as the investments we are. The state of Connecticut should provide a free college education for all of us, because we’re worth it.
Staff Columnist Rafael Perez-Segura is an 8th-semester political science and economics double major. He can be reached at Rafael.Segura@UConn.edu.
Sam Tracy explains what to expect this semester from USG
ello, UConn! Student body president Sam Tracy here. I’m really glad to be back on campus, and am looking forward to the spring 2012 semester. By Sam Tracy While we have been back Staff Columnist only for a few days, your student government has already gotten a lot done and is working on many new projects. Most notably, we just launched a groundbreaking new website to seek out student opinion. We’re also working with other student governments across the state, and will be participating in joint elections with many other student organi-
zations in the first week of March and are having special elections to fill some unfilled senate seats. I am very proud to announce the unveiling of IdeaScale, an amazing new website that promises to make USG more receptive to the wants and needs of the student body. To sum it up, IdeaScale is a site on which any student can post his or her ideas for improving UConn and vote other students’ ideas up or down so that the most popular ideas rise to the top. USG will automatically assign any proposal that gets 50 upvotes to a committee that will look at it further. It is hoped that the idea will translate into real change on
campus. It’s incredibly easy to use – just log on to uconn.ideascale. com and check out other students’ ideas or post your own. As I am writing this, there are already 11 ideas posted, and it would be great to see many more proposals throughout the semester. If you take a few minutes of your time and join in the discussion, together we can make UConn even better. USG is also working on coordinating more with fellow student governments. Every college or university in Connecticut has a student government, and we often are facing the same problems – rising textbook costs and potentially overwhelming student debt,
to name just two. By working more closely with other schools, we will be able to multiply our voices and make more change at the state and national levels. Ethan Senack, Chair of USG’s External Affairs Committee, leads this initiative. I am looking forward to writing more about its progress in the coming weeks. Also, as you may have heard, USG will be one of many student organizations participating in joint elections this March. This means that rather than having many separate elections, with many separate websites and ballots, there will be one main website and ballot for you to cast your votes for all your favorite stu-
dent leaders. Spring 2011 was the first year for joint elections, and it was a resounding success. This time around, we have worked out some of the kinks faced last year, and the voting process will be more open and easy. Stay tuned for more news on elections. Finally, USG is having its own special elections to fill 23 empty seats in the Undergraduate Student Senate. These are different than the joint elections in March, which are to elect president, vice president, comptroller, academic senators and MCD senators for the 2012-2013 Academic Year. Election packets are available in the USG office (SU 219) and are
due by Thursday. Voting will take place Jan. 30 and 31, and newly elected senators will serve through the end of the semester. As always, please contact me if you have any questions, concerns or ideas for improving UConn. My open office hours, held in SU 219, are Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. You can also email me at president@ usg.uconn.edu.
Staff Columnist Sam Tracy is a 6th-semester political science major and the President of USG. He can be reached at Samuel.Tracy@UConn.edu.
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Seafarers outraged that captain jumped ship STOCKHOLM (AP) — Seafaring tradition holds that the captain should be last to leave a sinking ship. But is it realistic to expect skippers to suppress their survival instinct amid the horror of a maritime disaster? To ask them to stare down death from the bridge, as the lights go out and the water rises, until everyone else has made it to safety? From mariners on ships plying the world’s oceans, the answer is loud and clear: Aye. “It’s a matter of honor that the master is the last to leave. Nothing less will do in this profession,” said Jorgen Loren, captain of a passenger ferry operating between Sweden and Denmark and chairman of the Swedish Maritime Officer’s Association. Seamen have expressed almost universal outrage at Capt. Francesco Schettino, who faces possible charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his crippled cruise ship off Tuscany while passengers were still on board. The last charge carries a possible sentence of 12 years in prison. Jim Staples, a captain for 20 years, who spoke Wednesday from the 1,000-foot (300-meter)
cargo vessel he was captaining near New Orleans, said captains are duty-bound to stay with the ship until the situation is hopeless. When they bail early, everything falls apart. “I’m totally embarrassed by what he did,” Staples said of Schettino. “He’s given the industry a bad name, he’s made us all look bad. It’s shameful.” Schettino should have remained on board “until the last passenger was accounted for,” agreed Abelardo Pacheco, a Filipino captain who was held hostage for five months in Somalia and now heads a seafarers’ training center in Manila. “That is the responsibility of the captain. That’s why all privileges are given to him. But he has together with that an equal burden of responsibility,” Pacheco said. The Costa Concordia, carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew, slammed into a reef on Friday, after Schettino made an unauthorized detour from the ship’s programmed route. A recording of his conversation with the Italian coast guard shows he left the ship before all passengers were off, and resist-
ed repeated orders to go back, saying the ship was tipping and it was dark. Schettino said he ended up in a life raft after he tripped and fell into the water. He is being held under house arrest as prosecutors prepare criminal charges.
Even if he’s not convicted, it is highly unlikely he’ll ever command a cruise or cargo ship again because of the damage to his reputation, said Craig Allen of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. “Some people panic, but a
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — One of the world’s most popular file-sharing sites was shuttered Thursday, and its founder and several company officials were accused of facilitating millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content. An indictment accused Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue. The indictment was unsealed one day after websites including Wikipedia and Craigslist shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to make it easier for authorities to go after websites with pirated material, especially those with headquarters and servers overseas. Megaupload is based in Hong Kong, but some of the alleged pirated content was hosted on leased servers in Ashburn, Va., which gave federal authorities jurisdiction, the indictment said. The Justice Department said in a statement said that Kim Dotcom, 37, and three other employees were arrested Thursday in New Zealand at the request of U.S. officials. Three
other defendants are at large. Before the site was taken down, it posted a statement saying allegations that it facilitated massive breaches of copyright laws were “grotesquely overblown.” “The fact is that the vast majority of Mega’s Internet traffic is legitimate, and we are here to stay. If the content industry would like to take advantage of our popularity, we are happy to enter into a dialogue. We have some good ideas. Please get in touch,” the statement said. The indictment may have prompted a response from the loose affiliation of hackers known as “Anonymous,” which claimed credit for attacking the Justice Department’s website. The site was inaccessible Thursday afternoon. According to the indictment, Megaupload was estimated at one point to be the 13th most frequently visited website on the Internet. Current estimates by companies that monitor Web traffic place it in the top 100. Megaupload was unique not only because of its massive size and the volume of download-
ed content, but also because it had high-profile support from celebrities, musicians and other content producers who are most often the victims of copyright infringement and piracy. Before the website was taken down, it contained endorsements from Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, among others. The Hong Kong-based company listed Swizz Beatz, a musician who married Keys in 2010, as its CEO. He was not named in the indictment and declined to comment through a representative. The five-count indictment, which alleges copyright infringement as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering and racketeering, described a site designed specifically to reward users who uploaded pirated content for sharing, and turned a blind eye to requests from copyright holders to remove copyright-protected files. For instance, users received cash bonuses if they uploaded content popular enough to generate massive numbers of downloads, according to the indictment. Such content was almost always copyright protected.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mixing an economic appeal with presidential politics, President Barack Obama pitched tourism in the Magic Kingdom and mingled with campaign donors in the Big Apple on Thursday, tending to political concerns with an eye on upcoming Republican primaries. “I hope you know that the values you cherish, what you stand for, what you believe in, are the things I cherish and I believe in and I’m willing to fight for,” Obama said at Daniel, an exclusive Manhattan restaurant, in the first of four glitzy fundraisers. Presidential politics were not far from the surface during events on both ends of the East Coast, as Obama sought a piece of Florida’s political spotlight ahead of a Jan. 31 Republican presidential primary with a high-profile appearance at Walt Disney World. Against the backdrop of Disney’s Cinderella castle, Obama announced initiatives aimed at making it easier for citizens of China and Brazil to visit the United States. “America is open for business,”
Francesco Schettino, third from left, the captain of the luxury cruiser Costa Concordia which ran aground off a Tuscan island, arrives at court in Grosseto, Italy, to be heard by investigators.
short time later they collect their senses and do the right thing,” Allen said. “In this case there was more than enough time for the moment of panic to pass. It was abject cowardice.” The tradition of a captain standing by his ship isn’t estab-
lished in international maritime law, though some countries, like Italy, have included it in national laws. Still, it is respected as “an unwritten rule or law of the sea,” said Capt. Bill Wright, senior vice president of Marine Operations for the Royal Caribbean International cruise line. A captain’s responsibilities and authority are laid out in the International Safety Management Code, which is part of a larger convention adopted by the U.N. body in charge of safety and security of shipping. It was passed in 1914 as a direct result of the sinking of the Titanic, and has been amended many times since. The code doesn’t specifically say when a captain can leave a stricken ship, though it stresses his “overriding authority and responsibility to make decisions with respect to safety.” It also says the ship owner must clearly define a captain’s duties and assure he is “properly qualified for command.” Both literature and real life offer plenty of examples of shipmasters who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect their passengers and crew.
Popular file-sharing website Obama defends foreign Megaupload shut down policy record
President Barack Obama greets guests after speaking at the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World, Thursday.
Obama said under Florida’s picture-perfect blue skies. “We want to welcome you.” Later, the president told top donors in New York that he had made American foreign policy stronger during his first term, vowing that U.S. support for Israel’s security is “nonnegotiable.” He also defended his administration’s approach to Iran, saying even Tehran has acknowledged that U.S. sanctions are having an impact.
The New York itinerary included a $35,800 per ticket fundraiser at the home of film director Spike Lee and an event starting at $100 per ticket at the famed Apollo Theater featuring performances by Al Green and India.Arie. Obama, who raised more than $220 million for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee through the end of 2011, told supporters that the 2012 campaign would be difficult.
dismissed it at first, until she felt a sharp pain in her upper back and had trouble breathing. She was rushed to the hospital and doctors used stents to open blocked arteries. Collins said she wasn’t embarrassed to ask Gulati about sex, who told her it was unlikely that her night of romance had caused the heart attack. After several weeks of cardiac rehab, she was cleared to resume sexual activ-
ity – advice that surprised her friends. But Collins said the exercise sessions have made her feel fitter than ever. “A heart attack does not have to be the end of living,” Collins said. Chicago cardiologist Dan Fintel, a professor of medicine at Northwestern University, said he routinely gives heart patients a sex talk on their last day in the hospital, knowing that it’s likely on their minds.
Sex poses surprisingly low risk to heart patients
CHICAGO (AP) — Good news: Sex is safe for most heart patients. If you’re healthy enough to walk up two flights of stairs without chest pain or gasping for breath, you can have a love life. That advice from a leading doctors’ group on Thursday addresses one of the most pressing, least discussed issues facing survivors of heart attacks and other heart patients. In its first science-based recommendations on the subject, the American Heart Association says having sex only slightly raises the chance for a heart attack. And that’s true for people with and without heart disease. Surprisingly, despite the higher risk for a heart patient to have a second attack, there’s no evidence that they have more sex-related heart attacks than people without cardiac disease. Many heart patients don’t think twice about climbing stairs, yet many worry that sexual activity will cause another heart attack, or even sudden death, said Dr. Glenn Levine, lead author of a report detailing the recommendations and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The report says sex is something doctors should bring up with all heart patients. Yet few do because they’re uncomfortable talking about it or they lack information, Levine said. The new guidance is designed to fill that gap. Heart patients should get a doctor’s OK before engaging
Heart patient Tammy Collins, right, goes through her cardio rehabiltaion workout while being monitored by nurse Julie Walsh at The Ohio State University CarePoint East facility in Columbus, Ohio.
in sexual activity. Many may be advised first to do cardiac rehab – exercise while being monitored for heart symptoms, to improve heart strength and increase physical fitness. But the heart association says most eventually will be cleared to resume sexual activity. The doctors’ group offers advice for heart patients based on scientific research involving sometimes provocative sexrelated topics: -Who’s most at risk for sudden death related to sex? Married men having affairs, often with younger women in unfamiliar settings. Those circumstances can add to stress that may increase the risks, evidence from
a handful of studies suggests. -Sex may be OK as soon as one week after a relatively mild heart attack, if patients can walk up a few flights of stairs without discomfort. -Viagra and other drugs for erectile dysfunction are generally safe for men with stable heart disease. “The risk of having a heart attack during sexual activity is two to three times higher than when not having sexual activity. However, this increased risk of heart attack during sexual activity represents only a very small part of a person’s overall risk of having a heart attack, and sexual activity is the cause of less than 1 percent of all heart attacks,”
Levine said. Among heart attack survivors, average risks for another heart attack or sudden death are about 10 in 1 million per hour of sexual activity; having sex increases that to about 20 to 30 in 1 million per hour, the new report says. People without heart disease face lower overall risks for a heart attack, but similar risks for a sex-related attack. The updated advice was released online Thursday in the heart association journal, Circulation. Dr. Keith Churchwell, chief medical officer of Vanderbilt University’s Heart and Vascular Institute, said the guidance is important for patients, and that questions about sex are the most common ones he hears from heart patients. Ohio State University heart specialist Martha Gulati praised the recommendations for emphasizing that sexual counseling is important not just for patients but also their partners, who she says are often just as nervous about resuming sexual activity. Day-care operator Tammy Collins of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, one of Gulati’s patients, says the advice is reassuring. She had a heart attack last year on Sept. 11, during a trip to Cincinnati to celebrate her wedding anniversary. Collins’ mother died of a heart attack at the same age, on her 51st birthday. With high blood pressure and high cholesterol, Collins knew she was at risk. She developed symptoms a few hours after having sex. She
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The 52 U.S. captives held at the U.S. embassy in Teheran, Iran, are released, ending the 444-day Iran Hostage Crisis.
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A ‘Fresh’ take on clothing Deen and diabetes TV personality, author and butter lover comes clean By Lauren Cardarelli Campus Correspondent
TOM CWIKLA/Fresh Dough Clothing
Tom Cwikla, an 8th-semester business major at UConn, has been planning to found his own clothing brand since he was in high school. The initial investment took his entire life savings, and Cwikla soon began to sponsor bands such as Attack Attack, Asking Alexandria, Abandon All Ships and We Came As Romans.
By Purbita Saha Focus Editor Tom Cwikla is an 8th-semester business major at UConn, and also the owner and creator of Fresh Dough, a clothing brand seen at the 2011 Warped Tour designed to enhance individuality in an increasingly mainstream environment. “Clothing represents what group you’re in,” Cwikla said. “The only way to stand out was to be the best in your sport or whatever else you did. Everyone looked the same, there was no individuality.” Cwikla found this brand as a medium to express himself. Cwikla created limited quantities of each design to restrict conformity. “No one will stop you with a Hollister or Abercrombie shirt,” he said. “This is something different that breaks the norm.” He started brainstorming ideas his senior year of high school. After a year of research, Cwikla launched his clothing brand just before his sophomore year of college. Fresh Dough was a slang phrase that was commonly used with his friends. Although most would connect it with food, Cwikla
actually uses it as a metaphor for money. With this brand, Cwikla hopes to break the mold society has deemed as “normal,” or considered as the American Dream. “Connecticut is mainstream about going to school, getting a job, raising a family and money, then starting all over,” he said. “You can have a passion and follow it and make a living off of it. You only live once, and I want people to enjoy what they do and inspire people to follow their passions and go for what they want.” The meaning behind Fresh Dough connects with his drive to follow his passion. Cwikla donated his entire life savings into creating 50 shirts with his first design, pastries and cakes piled up with a donut on top, overflowing with jelly that spelled out the Fresh Dough logo. Since then, the style of the shirt has changed, but the meaning behind the brand hasn’t. The brand, along with the designer, has matured and brought the business to the rigorous realms of the musical world. Fresh Dough sponsors bands such as Attack Attack, Asking Alexandria, Abandon All Ships and We Came As Romans. “I don’t call them sponsor-
“Step” into 2012 at the Jorgensen
By Purbita Saha Focus Editor
Jorgensen kicks off its loaded spring schedule this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with “2012: Year of the Armageddon Step Show.” The event will feature step groups from nine different fraternities and sororities, including Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Gamma Rho. Music will be provided by DJ Willie G from Tampa, Fla. and comedian Drew Frazier will be hosting for the night and introducing the acts. The step show is an annual event sponsored by the UConn National Pan-Hellenic
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Middle East Unrest An ongoing wave of demonstrations and protests in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has affected over a dozen countries including Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
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The brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi perform at the 4th Annual NPHC Step Show in 2011. Kappa Alpha Psi will be returning along with 8 other fraternities and sororities tonight.
Council and Office and Fraternity and Sorority Life. It is the fifth one of its kind and usually results in an audience teeming with members of the UConn and general Connecticut community. Admission for “Armageddon” is $10 for UConn students, $15 for nonUConn students and $20 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Jorgensen box office, which is open during the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday an hour before the show.
ships,” said Cwikla, “they’re my friends. I want the bands I work with to be good decent people I can respect and can work with.” Cwikla explained in detail his experience travelling the east coast with the Warped Tour. This is where his band expanded to the magnitude that it is today. Band members would constantly come up to his tent, talk, and grab a tank top. Just as Fresh Dough works with well-known bands to get their name out, the business helps out lesser-known bands build a following by helping get their name out. “Social networking was the biggest thing,” Cwikla said. On Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr, Fresh Dough would post tweets of where Cwikla was going to be, and fans could retweet to help create a following. “If it wasn’t for social networking, Fresh Dough would not be as successful as it is at this point,” Cwikla said. “In Connecticut you are confined to such a limited amount of people who are not always willing to reach outside the box. Social networking helps me spread the word outside of Connecticut to find people who will wear my stuff.”
This non-violent civil disobediance began in Zuccotti Park in New York City on September 17, 2011 and is currently ongoing.
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Casey Anthony Trial A 6-week trial from May 24 2011 to July 5 2011 that saw 25-year old Casey Anthony tried for the murder of her 2-year old daughter Caylee. Anthony was acquitted.
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Howdy, ya’ll! After years of speculation (and too many sticks of butter), 64-yearold Food Network star Paula Deen announced this week on the “Today Show” she has Type 2 diabetes. This did not come as a shock to most people. I mean, come on, the Emmy Awardwinner’s Southern comfort food was certainly going to catch up with her sooner rather than later. What was relatively surprising, however, was the fact that Deen waited three years to spill the (most likely refried) beans. Why? Was it fueled by a strategic career move? Or did she really want to wait until she “had something to bring to the table,” like she said on air? Being a fan of Paula Deen for many years, I have felt torn as to my stance on the issue. On one hand, I can relate and feel sympathetic, having family members affected by this disease. Plus, what’s not to love about the Southern Belle? Her bubbly personality, thick accent and charm is enough for television audiences to eat her up as well as root for her on the public chopping block. At the same time, I understand why many on Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere have not been as compassionate. For example, my girl Paula has recently been reported saying that she will not be changing her lifestyle or approach to cooking too much, aside from portion sizes and cutting out sweet tea. Deen has also been on the record saying, “I don’t blame myself,” instead chalking it all up to her age, heredity, etc. These are without a doubt contributing factors, don’t get me wrong, but I wish she would admit that her diet, lack of exercise and overall lifestyle also played a role in the condition she now shares with 26 million Americans. Regardless, I do have to commend Deen for using her celebrity status to bring light to the disease as the spokesperson for Victoza diabetes medication. She has taken the diagnosis not as a death sentence, but instead an opportunity to lead the “Diabetes in a New Light” campaign with the help of her two sons. You also cannot hate on her “everything in moderation” motto because, let’s be honest, we all need something sweet or fried every once in a while. Although Paula Deen has a lot of haters, I think the positive reinforcement and support she has received for her recent moves outweigh any negativity. She may have not taken full responsibility yet for her health complications but at least she was finally honest with the public after all the rumors. I hope for her own sake Paula Deen takes bigger steps toward living a healthy lifestyle, besides cutting out sweet tea and watching portion sizes. Many sites have suggested she turned to veganism. A little extreme, if you ask me, but I would probably buy the cookbook.
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LIFE & STYLE The Bucket List
Drink Of The Weekend
Have you ever tossed your small pet rodent down the stairs in a hamster ball and wondered what that would be like? Now you can give it a go! Zorbing, which is essentially rolling down gently sloping hills in a plastic orb, first appeared in 1994. It is especially popular in the Commonwealth realms, Europe, India and the United States. Riders can either be strapped securely inside the zorb, or can be free to roll and flip around during the ride. Aqua rides add water to the zorb. Interestingly, zorbing has been adopted as the symbol of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. According to Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 organizing committee, “The transparency of zorbs also reflect the open, accessible and inclusive society that [the] Games are helping to build.” Between the uniqueness of thre sport and the powerful symbolism, how could you not want to try zorbing? -John Tyczkowski
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Stick to your New Year’s resolutions By Becky Radolf Staff Writer
Friday, Janary 20, 2012
When the New Year rolls around, it’s an excuse to finally change yourself for the better and attempt to stick to some self-improvement resolutions. However, with the high expectations we instill, it’s no wonder that 92 percent of Americans will abandon their New Year’s Resolutions by January 8. By keeping an open mind about what you want to achieve and recognizing your limits, you can stay on track and have a better chance at being the person you imagined in the New Year. The most important part of setting a resolution is to make sure it’s an attainable goal. No, losing 40 pounds by spring break is not an attainable¬—not to mention unhealthy—goal. Setting small goals for yourself, like losing five pounds at a time, is a good start to getting on track. When you give yourself one huge final outcome to achieve, it makes the endpoint seem almost impossible, and you’re more likely to give up when you’re not seeing the progress you hoped. So, what happens when you do fall off the wagon once in a while? The key is not to abandon all hope, lock yourself in your room watching reruns of Entourage for three days and tell yourself how stupid this whole “resolution” thing is.
Instead, take a deep breath, and go back to your normal routine while you still were sticking to your self-improvement plan. Don’t overcompensate the next few days because you’ll set yourself up for another failure. Maintaining consistency is an important factor in your life, and once you’re in a routine, you’ll be less likely to veer from that path. Make sure you try to keep yourself busy. I once read that willpower is something that must be strengthened, and the old adage “out of sight, out of mind” can help with that. If you’re trying to play less videogames, sitting around watching television will only make you think about how much you want to pick up a controller. If you do have an urge to break your resolutions, you need to get your mind off it somehow. Go over to a friend’s apartment, or get a head start on some of your homework at the library. Do whatever you need to do to get out of your place, where all your temptations are clustered around you. Remember that you are the only thing holding yourself back, and the key to any good resolution is knowing that you can do it. Maintaining a positive attitude toward any goal is a major ingredient to success, so abandon any thinking that what you’re doing is too challenging. If you believed you could do it when you started your resolution, then you can do
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it now. Stop making excuses and believe in yourself. Part of this is knowing when you might slip up and how to avoid or combat those moments. If you have a friend who insists you go get Frosties every time you hang out, offer to go with him or her but make sure he or she knows you won’t be getting one. If that’s a tough pill to swallow for your friend, too bad. You didn’t start your resolution to please the people around you. Lastly, know what motivates you and why. I know from experience that it’s much harder to stick to a goal, whatever you’re trying to achieve, unless you have an actual reason to do it. Decide what you’re working for and you’ll have a concrete end goal, making your resolution seem much clearer and well defined. The one thing to remember here is that, even if you don’t reach your resolution, how happy you are will not be defined by the person you imagine yourself to be if you “could just lost 10 or 15 pounds” or “could stop order off Campusfood.com so much.” Happiness is not an endpoint, it’s a part of how you live, and the less you worry about being happy, the happier you’ll be.
Sundance Film Fest opens with 4 films, new snow
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer APP-tastic
Sure, the iPhone has the “Maps” app built-in, but if you want step-by-step instructions without risking a car crash, turn to Waze, the first social-network GPS app. Not only does it give you directions as you drive, without even pausing your music, but its community aspects include usergiven reports of heavy traffic, accidents, construction and police on the road. And if you want to help your fellow drivers, you yourself can post reports of accidents and traffic stops. If you can’t afford a TomTom on top of your phone, Waze is your best bet. (Fair warning: it will kill your battery.)
Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford, right, speaks as Festival Director John Cooper, left, and Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, center, look on during a press conference at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Thursday.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A fresh dusting of snow over Park City heralded the beginning of the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday. Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford opened the festival by characterizing the slate of 117 feature films as products of “dark and grim” times and the “suffering from a government that’s in paralysis.” “Even though the work reflects hard times, there’s not paralysis here,” the 75-yearold filmmaker said at an afternoon news conference. “They’re breathing life into fresh, new stories.” The selection of films are “as diverse as they can be” and no overriding theme has emerged, said festival director John Cooper. “Independent film is the theme,” he said.
For 11 days every January, Sundance becomes the focal point of the independent film world as established directors and stars mix with up-andcoming talent, while theatrical distributors prowl the festival looking for the next indie hit, and film lovers just have a good time being the first audiences to see new movies. “You can’t make a film with a festival in mind, and it’s not something I would have expected or taken for granted. But it’s always kind of the dream in the back of your mind,” said Lauren Greenfield, who premiered her debut documentary “Thin” at Sundance in 2006 and returns this time with one of the opening-night films, “The Queen of Versailles,” chronicling the housing-bust story of a couple that tried to build a palatial 90,000-square-
foot mansion. “I think it’s this really magical environment, a place that’s such a nurturing, supportive influence for independent films. Even when you’re out there making your film, I think that you think about Sundance, and it just kind of gives you motivation.” Also opening Thursday is “Hello I Must Be Going,” actorturned-director Todd Louiso’s U.S. dramatic entry that centers on a love story between a 19-year-old man and a 35-yearold divorcee, and stars Melanie Lynskey; the world-cinema drama “Wish You Were Here,” a dark story of a vacation gone wrong from Australian filmmaker Kieran Darcy-Smith that stars Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer; and Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul’s world-cinema documentary “Searching
for Sugar Man,” a portrait of promising 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriguez and his fade into obscurity. Sundance also is a launch place for films that already have distributors, who show off their films hoping to build buzz among audiences and the legions of cinema journalists and bloggers who attend the festival. “All the film press in North America is at Sundance to discover films,” said Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, which is showing director Nadine Labaki’s Lebanese drama “Where Do We Go Now?” and Gareth Huw Evans’ Indonesian action tale “The Raid” at the festival. “Sundance is like the best place to set up a film for release. You have instant press junkets at Sundance.”
School has a detrimental effect on the speed of brand’s success from A FRESH, page 7 Creating a business took a lot of time, work, and sacrifice. Juggling a business and schoolwork was not a huge problem until the business expanded and grew. “School slows me down,” Cwikla admitted, “If it wasn’t for school, my brand would have been a lot more successful.” But school doesn’t just create hindrances. It helped expand his clientele, and is good in case Fresh Dough can’t
economically support him alone. Cwikla hopes to return to this summer’s Warped Tour for 41 days in America and Canada. After college, he plans on giving himself a year’s allowance to grow his brand so he can live off it financially. If that doesn’t work out, however, he will either go to graduate school or get a job. “What I really want people to know that it’s a brand for everyone, as long as they like the design. They don’t have
to fit within a certain label in order to wear the brand.” Fresh Dough is gaining popularity in America, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Sweden, and multiple other countries. Visit www.getfreshdough.com to view the brand. Students can use the code “HUSKIES” for a 10% discount. Like the Facebook page and show your support for your fellow Husky!
Concord Christmas Chaos
By Jamil Larkins Campus Correspondent
Riot-inducing events come few and far between in American society. Off the top of my head, I can think quickly to three main reasons for rioting in our country’s recent history. Peaceful protests have turned to violent riots in response to political activity. From the Vietnam War to the more recent Occupy movement, political action surely has a huge impact on the people. Similarly, judicial decisions can cause a spark amongst citizens. Most famously, riots in Los Angeles surrounding the Rodney King trial in 1992 caused the city to almost go up in flames. In today’s country, Americans have taken a different approach to rioting. The holiday season during November and December brings out the best and worst of all shoppers. Casual shoppers are out trying to find sentimental gifts for their loved ones, and ruthless people run over each other to get the best deals. A few main shopping days get highlighted during this season: Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and the days before and after Christmas. This season had a different kick to it. Michael Jordan is arguably the best and most famous basketball player to ever play the game. His skills, record, and earnings on the court pale in comparison to the legacy he has continued post-retirement. The Jordan Brand and Jordan’s signature sneaker collection are staples in American fashion culture. Ever since his very first professional model by Nike, Michael Jordan’s legacy has always been carried by his dominance on the court and the success of his continually growing Jordan sneaker line.
“At midnight on December 23, stores were mobbed by anxious customers... people were trampled.” Every so often, a new pair or color of one of Jordan’s sneakers throughout his career get “retroed,” or re-released to the public with a few tweaks to the original model. This Christmas season, one of the most popular Jordan sneakers ever got re-released in one of the most popular colors. The “Concords,” a white and black patent leather colorway of the “Jordan XI” model came out, and quite frankly, all hell broke loose. People of all ages camped out in front of sneaker stores for days just to get their hands on this rare sneaker. At midnight on December 23, stores were mobbed by anxious customers. In the madness that ensued, people were trampled and severely hurt, windows were broken and merchandise was stolen. All just for sneakers? Not quite. In American culture, some material things allow a person to enter a different “status” amongst their peer group. People don’t wear these $180 sneakers every day, nor do they wear them every week. For those who can afford it, collecting sneakers is as much of a hobby as collecting baseball cards once was. Many times, these sneak-
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from CONCORD, page 8 ers don’t even get taken out of the box after purchasing. The aftermath was just as bad as the in-store chaos. Reports came out of people getting robbed in mall parking lots, young kids fighting each other in school over the shoes and even rumors of people being killed over these sneakers. These actions show absolutely nothing positive about our society. However, I understand. Why pay $180 for something you’ll never use for it’s intended purposes? Why camp out in a tent for shoes that mean nothing? To some people, these shoes mean something. A void in their lives could be fulfilled by owning a pair of these shoes and posting the picture of them online to show off what you have. More positively, retail therapy could simply have taken over and these sneakers really brightened someone’s day. Some of the kids who bought these sneakers weren’t even alive to see Michael Jordan himself wear these shoes while playing in the NBA. Once again, the Jordan sneaker brand instantly boosts the status of its owner, just like many other material items that have been socialized into the minds of young people. I wasn’t camping out for the shiny and blinding patent leather Concord XI Jordan sneakers. I do own a handful of retro Jordans, though none of which I camped out or robbed anyone for. This December brought chaos amongst certain communities and certainly changed many people’s lives for the worse. Are the sneaker’s worth their retail price? Absolutely not. But that won’t stop people from camping out, rioting and spending hundreds of dollars to own, in today’s sense, a piece of history.
A monument containing the remains of writer Edgar Allan Poe stands in a graveyard on the morning of the anniversary of his birth in Baltimore, Thursday. Fans waited long past a midnight dreary to see if the mysterious “Poe Toaster” would return after a two-year hiatus to leave cognac and roses upon the writer’s original grave nearby, but it seems annual visits to the writer’s grave in Baltimore by a mysterious figure called the “Poe Toaster” shall occur nevermore
BALTIMORE (AP) — Edgar Allan Poe fans waited long past a midnight dreary, but it appears annual visits to the writer’s grave in Baltimore by a mysterious figure called the “Poe Toaster” shall occur nevermore. Poe House and Museum Curator Jeff Jerome said early Thursday that die-hard fans waited hours past when the tribute bearer normally arrives. But the “Poe Toaster” was a no-show for a third year in a row, leaving another unanswered question in a mystery worthy of the writer’s legacy. Poe fans had said they would hold one last vigil this year before calling an end to the tradition. “It’s over with,” Jerome said wearily. “It will probably hit me later, but I’m too tired now to feel anything else.” It is thought that the tributes of an anonymous man wearing black clothes with a white scarf and a wide-brimmed hat, who leaves three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac at Poe’s original grave on the writer’s birthday, date to at least the 1940s. Late Wednesday, a crowd gathered outside the gates of the burial ground surrounding Westminster Hall to watch for the mysterious visitor, yet only three impersonators appeared, Jerome said. The gothic master’s tales of the macabre still connect with readers more than 200 years after his birth, including his most famous poem, “The Raven,” and short stories such as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.” Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is considered the first modern detective story. Jerome, who was first exposed to Poe through Vincent Price’s movies, believes people still identify with Poe’s suffering and his lifelong dream to be a poet. He has kept a vigil for the “Poe Toaster” each year since 1978 and built up a team of other dedicated Poe fans who stay awake all night to scan
the shadows of the burial ground for the visitor. “I’ve been part of a ritual that people around the world read about,” he said. “I’ll miss it.” One Poe tradition may have ended, but Jerome said a reading of tributes by Poe fans at the gravesite planned for Thursday night may develop into a new ritual to mark the writer’s birthday. Jerome says that wherever he travels, he’s asked whether the “Poe Toaster” is real. He believes the mystery of the “Poe Toaster” tradition will remain in the public consciousness despite the end of the visits. That mystery is what has kept Jessica Marxen, 33, a programmer from Randallstown, Md., coming back to watch for the “Poe Toaster” for years. She and her sister Jeannette, 31, an administrative assistant, got involved after Jerome visited their high school and recruited them as volunteers at the Poe House. Though she has watched for the “Poe Toaster” for years, Jessica Marxen said she wouldn’t want to know who he is. “There are so few mysteries,” she said. “It’s a throwback to a more romantic time when people could have secrets.” Poe, who was born in Boston, lived in Baltimore, London, New York, Philadelphia and Richmond, Va. During a visit to Baltimore in 1849, he died under mysterious circumstances at age 40. The cause of his death has been the subject of much speculation over the years, with theories ranging from murder to rabies. Poe was buried in his grandfather’s lot in Westminster Burial Ground, in what is now downtown Baltimore. In 1875, his body and that of his aunt and mother-in-law Maria Clemm were moved to a prominent spot by the entrance with a memorial marker. The body of his young wife and cousin, Virginia, was exhumed and reburied with him 10
years later. Baltimore recently cut funding for the museum at the rowhouse where Poe lived with relatives from 1832 to 1835, before he found fame as a writer. It must close if it does not become self-sustaining by June. The city plans to release a recommended business plan by the end of March. The annual graveside tribute was first mentioned in print in 1950 as an aside in an article that appeared in The Evening Sun of Baltimore about an effort to restore the cemetery, Jerome said. When Jerome spoke to older members of the congregation that once worshiped at the church, they recalled hearing about a visitor in the 1930s. The visitor has occasionally left notes with his tributes, but they haven’t offered much insight into the identity of the “Poe Toaster.” A few indicated the tradition passed to a new generation before the original visitor’s death in the 1990s, and some even mentioned the Iraq War and Baltimore Ravens football team, which was named for Poe’s poem. The vigil inside the former church is closed to the public, but over the years, a crowd has gathered outside the gates to watch. After the “Poe Toaster” failed to show in 2010, last year’s vigil attracted impersonators, including a man who arrived in a limo and a few women. The crowd outside the gates of the burial ground into Thursday morning was more respectful than last year. Even the impersonators were more solemn, perhaps because of the sense that this could be the last vigil, according to Sherri Weaver, 40, of Randallstown, who works in finance. Weaver and a few dozen others — some from as far away as California and Chicago — braved a windy night with temperatures around 30 degrees, hoping to catch a glimpse of the mystery visitor.
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Friday, January 20, 2012 I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
Royalty Free Speech by Ryan Kennedy
Mensch by Jeff Fenster
Editor’s Choice by Brendan Albetski
Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Responsibility may call, but outdoor action gets your joints loose and moving. A little balance goes a long way towards providing peace of mind. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Business and finances have potential to thrive, with dutiful responsibility. Spend time at home, and surprise yourself. Do something for only you. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Rely on a trusted friend to get you through ... your own judgment could fail you. Things are getting more beautiful, comfortable and interesting. Stay discrete. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Play your cards close to your chest for a while. If you’re stuck on a decision, get expert help. Stick to what’s important, but let the rest go. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Draw upon your inner strength today. Don’t bend the rules, even if tempted. Renegotiate the terms, if necessary. Do a job for someone else, and glow in the satisfaction.
Procrastination Animation by Brendan Albetski
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- A lovely, lazy day would be splendid. Carve out time for yourself, to move your body, your spirit and your heart. Add friends, food and nature for real treats. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- If at first you don’t succeed, take a break and try a different tactic. Interview observers to get feedback. Use the crowd. What does it take? Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Long-term thinking bears fruit for future generations. Prepare the beds (or draw up the plans) for future seedlings. Plant a tree or an orchard. Share responsibility.
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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- To really get inspired, hang out with kids. They truly get creative. You’re gaining support and respect from others. Pay the bills before going shopping. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Now’s when you fix that leaky faucet or do the home improvement you’ve been putting off. Discover something surprising in the process. It could even be fun. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- You’re learning quickly, but don’t push yourself too hard. Even superheroes need time to rest. You word’s more powerful than you think. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Don’t be shy. You really are an important voice. Keep playing a strong game, but don’t forget to rest. Don’t take what you have for granted.
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Homecoming for former Husky and Cincinnati coach Jamelle Elliot from MILESTONE, page 14 Sophomore Bria Hartley, who reached the 100 threepointers mark in UConn’s 86-35 win over No. 24 UNC Monday, had two of the team’s eight threes to go along with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. “I don’t know if [Hartley’s] release has gotten even quicker on her three-point shot, but she’s really getting her three-point shot off and shooting it with confidence,” said Cincinnati coach and former UConn assistant Jamelle Elliot. Jamelle Elliot returns home
It’s been three years since Elliot has been apart of the UConn coaching staff, but that didn’t stop the fans from giving her a warm reaction during the pregame introductions. The 12-year UConn assistant is currently in her third year at the helm for the Bearcats – where her record sits at 30-47 – and after dropping three straight games to top-ten opponents, her team’s record fell to 9-9 and 0-5 in the Big East. Even so, her former coach said he thinks Elliot has her team heading in the right direction. “They came in here and played us better than a lot
teams do,” Auriemma said. “I’m hopeful for her.” Elliot was part of six National Championships during her time at UConn, five of which came as an assistant. As a player, she started for the 1994-95 team that went 35-0 and brought home the program’s first title. Elliot is also one of three former Huskies with over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds (Rebecca Lobo and Tina Charles are the others) with career totals of 1,387 points and 1,054 rebounds. RACHEL WEISS/The Daily Campus
UConn's Kiah Stokes takes a free throw during the Huskies' win against Cincinnati Thursday night. The win was UConn's 16th.
For UConn to win, Huskies must contain Trae Golden from SEC, page 14 Roscoe Smith hit four 3-pointers and Alex Oriakhi had a double-double. The win moved UConn to 16-2 on Jan. 22, 2011 and was the fifth win during the course of a six-game win streak. The Huskies went unbeaten last season in non-conference play and have only one loss outside the Big East this season. Like the game last season, Tennessee will be UConn’s last non-conference game of the season. The Volunteers are 8-10 on the season with a 1-3 conference record and sit second to last in the SEC. Tennessee has lost three straight, including a 3-point loss to No. 2 Kentucky and a defeat in overtime at Georgia. Three Volunteers average double figures in scoring. Trae Golden leads the squad with 14.4 points per game. Jerrone Maymon averages 11.6, while Jarnell Stokes drops 10 per game. Maymon and Stokes are also the top two rebounders on the team. The pair of forwards are 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-8, respectively.
A move to Hockey East would make sense for men's hockey from HOCKEY, page 14
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The Huskies' Shabazz Napier attempts a fallaway shot against Cincinnati during UConn's matchup Wednesday night.
Notre Dame isn’t joining the Hockey East until 2013-14, which means there is time to make the improvements necessary if the school decides to go that route. The two major obstacles that would need to be worked out in the meantime are where the team would play, and where would the scholarships come from. The Hockey East conference has a minimum capacity requirement of 5,000 seats for its members. The Freitas Ice Forum only has a capacity of 2,000, so in order to work up to 5,000, the school would have two long-term options: Massively renovate and expand Freitas, or invest in whatever infrastructure is necessary to allow a rink to be set up in Gampel Pavilion the way it is done at other arenas. Temporarily playing home games at the XL Center would be an option too, but it can’t be a permanent deal. That would completely neuter the fan experience, and I can’t imagine even the most diehard fans would be willing to drive out to Hartford for
hockey and basketball games. It wouldn’t work. But money can be raised and things can be worked out. The trickier issue is that of scholarships. As I understand it, UConn can’t give men’s hockey scholarships without adding more for women because of Title IX. Or they could take some away from another men’s sport (which would obviously not be a good idea.) My preference would be to add another women’s sport, but again, it’s an issue of money, one that Stafford Sports is hopefully working on. There are hurdles, but I think it’s worth it. There is nothing like a great hockey atmosphere, where else can you find a tradition like the one at UNH where after the first goal of every home game, a fan tosses a fish onto the ice? I don’t know if UConn athletics are looking to make the jump, but I hope they are because I think it would be great for the students and for the school. Follow Mac Cerullo on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
Even with another win, the Huskies still see a need for improvement from SOME, page 14 Elliot noticed Hartley’s hustle throughout the game. Her speed in transitions and scrambling for balls was apparent, despite a total six points. “She runs the court like a deer. She’s always in the front, always getting quick steals and layups,” said Elliot. As with recent routine, all players frequented the court and each put up numbers for the Huskies, tallying 28 points off the bench. Although they secured another win at Gampel to stretch their record to 96 consecutive home wins, players voiced a need for improvement. “We got outhustled on loose balls and we were slacking early on, “ said Kelly Faris. “Once we get that steal or that bucket, our team feeds off it and it makes our offense, but we still have a lot of work to do. The inconsistency is our biggest issue in constantly taking a step forward. We
have to work on not standing around the perimeter.” Stefanie Dolson echoed her teammates concern for movement. “Early on it was a lot of standing and staring at the post. We need to move without the ball and screen for each other,” said Dolson. Coach Geno Auriemma said the same. “The movement gives us the opportunity for offensive rebounds and to involve more people in the offense, but tonight was good. Once we picked things up we played well. We started getting our transitions out as they started missing shots. We were so pass oriented in the first ten minutes, then we finally started shooting the ball.” UConn will travel to Chicago on Saturday to face the DePaul Blue Demons (154) at 8 p.m.
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Friday, January 20, 2012
Huskies look to regain winning ways
Tyler Morrissey Staff Writer The UConn women’s hockey team will look to bounce back after going 0-3-2 over winter break when they travel to Maine on Friday to take on the Black Bears and play Boston College at Storrs on Sunday. The Huskies currently sit in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Hockey East standings. “As a team we have gotten away from the core values in our locker room,” said coach Heather Linstad. “We’re not getting pucks back from turnovers and we’re letting others dictate play. Until we get back to a gritty style of play we won’t win hockey games.” One of the bright spots for UConn has been the performance of the penalty kill. Currently the Huskies are No. 5 in the nation on the PK and have killed off 36 of the last 37 power plays. “Our penalty killers get fired up and solid goaltending helps. Both goaltenders, Nicole Paniccia and Alexandra Garcia have played well when we need
them. If we take some of the passion we have on our penalty kill and apply it to the full 60 minutes, we will have more success on the ice,” Linstad said. Freshmen forward Kayla Campero has been on quite the hot streak as of late. She is one of the team’s leading scorers with six goals on the season so far, which included a four game goal streak over the break. “She keeps it simple and has a beautiful shot,” Linstad said. UConn has found success against the Maine Black Bears earlier this season, which included a close 4-3 loss and 3-0 shutout victory in October. Currently, Maine sits in a tie for third place in Hockey East with a conference record of 6-6-1. The Black Bear offense is led by junior forward Brittany Dougherty, who has 25 points on the year, including 12 goals. “Maine is a hard-working team," Linstad said. "Our program is built on out working opponents; I already told the team if we outwork them, our talents will come through.” On Sunday, the Boston College Eagles will visit the
Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum for the first time this season. They are currently in first place with in Hockey East with a 9-2-2 conference record. The Eagles are No. 4 in the nation and are coming off a 1-1 tie with conference rival Northeastern. The leading goal scorer for BC is freshman forward Alex Carpenter, who has 13 goals on the year. “We need to implement what we have learned all year long and not be let down by any line," Linstad said. BC is going to play for the full 60 minutes and if we play scared in the first 10 minutes BC will capitalize.” This weekend UConn has a chance to capture the season series with Maine, which will help their position in the Hockey East standings. “Our focus is to win on Friday so we capture the season series with Maine, playing in Hockey East is about winning season series,” said Linstad. UConn will face off at Maine on Friday at 2 p.m. and will return home to face BC on Sunday at 2 p.m. ROB LARGENT/The Daily Campus
Senior defender Sami Evelyn handles the puck during a game in October against Minnesota Duluth. The Huskies take on Maine and BC this weekend.
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Men's swimming and diving to take on Seton Hall By James Huang Campus Correspondent
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In a meet last January against Seton Hall, a UConn swimmer does the butterfly up the pool. The Huskies will take on Seton Hall again this weekend.
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The UConn men’s swimming and diving team will kick off the second half of its regular season Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., competing against host Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. This will be an important meet for the team, as the Huskies want to start this second half of the season on the right note. In anticipation of this meet and other upcoming competitions, the men trained and practiced hard during winter break. “We come off a great training trip and are ready to head into the second half of our season,” said Coach Robert Goldberg. “Our goals are to swim well and be ready for the conference meet in
February.” The men were successful at their last meet, the Copa Coqui Meet, which was part of the team’s winter training trip. Competing with nine other swim teams in Puerto Rico, the Huskies got third place. There were multiple individual and team performances during winter break and the first half of the regular season that show the Huskies are ready for competition. From the first half of the season, junior Karim Zayed won the 200yard freestyle in 1:42.25, and junior Grant Fecteau won the 3-meter diving with 324.40 points at the Big East Quad Meet victory over Villanova and Georgetown. At the Copa Coqui Meet, Keith Piper got third place in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.74 or the men’s 200-medley relay
team got second place with 1:50.44. According to Goldberg, the team is fairly strong and will put up a challenge to the Huskies on Saturday. “Seton hall will be a very tough meet at their pool,” Goldberg said. “Seton Hall has some outstanding swimmers we do not match up well against.” Last season, when the Huskies faced off against the Pirates, the result was in favor of UConn. The Huskies defeated the Pirates 176-20 in the matchup. Seton Hall currently has a record of 8-1. Seton Hall has many strong swimmers and divers, including senior Will Penny and junior Brian Pauling.
UConn ready to take Carmona arrested for false identity on Robert Morris in two contests
By Willy Penfield Staff Writer After winning four games in a row to bring the UConn men’s hockey team’s overall record to 11-10-2, the team welcomes Robert Morris to Storrs in a two game stint beginning tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Huskies gained some forward momentum over the university’s winter break by winning six-of-seven with their only loss coming in the championship game of the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic against UMass Lowell. The two teams are neck and neck in the standings, tied in 3rd with Air Force at 19 points, but are headed in different directions. Robert Morris lost four of its last five with its only victory coming against Holy Cross on Jan. 13 in overtime,
4-3, opposed to the Huskies’ four game win streak. In the 2011-12 season, the Huskies are 7-3 at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum and Robert Morris is 4-5-1 on the road. The Huskies will look to avenge a two game sweep at the hands of Robert Morris last season on the road in the weekend home series. Goalie Garrett Bartus, third in the nation in saves as of Jan. 9 with 643, has been heavily relied on this season and should be the key to the Huskies success over the weekend. Game two of the series is set to start at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night, but with a snowstorm expected that day, the game could be postponed like the Oct. 29 matchup with Army.
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CLEVELAND (AP)—From year to year and game to game, the Cleveland Indians never knew what to expect from Fausto Carmona. On Thursday, he stunned them again. Carmona, the Indians’ opening-day starter last season, was arrested in the Dominican Republic for allegedly using a false identity. Officials in his native country are contesting his real name and birthdate. Police spokesman Maximo Baez Aybar said Carmona was arrested in Santo Domingo outside the U.S. consulate, where he had gone to renew his visa. Carmona had played winter ball in the Dominican as he prepared to report to the Indians’ training camp in Goodyear, Ariz., next month. At this point, his future with the club is uncertain. Aybar said Carmona’s real name is apparently Roberto Hernandez Heredia and he’s 31, three years older than the pitcher claimed. The Indians list Carmona’s birthday as Dec. 7, 1983, in their 2011 media guide. “We were recently made aware of the situation that occurred today in the Dominican Republic and are currently in the process of gathering information,” Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. “We are not prepared to make any additional comment at this time.” Carmona’s agent said he was caught off-guard by the arrest and that there are Dominican lawyers working on the player’s behalf. He did
Cleveland Indians' Fausto Carmona pitches against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game in Cleveland in this AP file photo.
not disclose the names of the lawyers. “This took us by complete surprise,” agent Jay Alou said. “What we have to do now is wait to find out the process that has to be done with the consulate with this new iden-
tity in order to see if he can get a new work visa.” Carmona’s arrest is the second involving a major leaguer in four months in a false identity case. Miami Marlins reliever Leo Nunez was arrested in September. Last
month, an apologetic Nunez said he falsified his identify when he was young so he could play professional baseball. Nunez’s real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo and he’s 29, a year older than listed in the Marlins’ media guide.
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Men’s Ice Hockey (11-10-2) Today Jan. 21 Jan. 28 Jan. 27 Jan. 31 Robert Robert Holy Cross Holy Cross Princeton Morris Morris 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
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Game to Attend: Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Robert Morris. After completing a two game sweep over Canisius last weekend, the Huskies return home to host conference opponent Robert Morris. The Huskies scored at least four goals in each of those games, winning the first 6-2 and the second 4-3 in overtime. Six different players scored in the first game, while forward Cole Schneider had a two goal performance in the overtime win. After the sweep, the Huskies are on a four game winning streak, winning five of their last six. They are currently at a record of 10-10-2, hold a record of 9-6-1 in the Atlantic Hockey Association, and they are tied for third place in the standings with Air Force and Robert Morris with 19 points. This weekend series against the Colonials will be very important for their league standings. The Huskies play both today and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in the Freitas Ice Forum.
Game to Follow: Men’s Basketball at Tennessee. On Wednesday night, the No. 13 Huskies suffered their fourth loss of the year, falling to conference opponent Cincinnati on a game winning three pointer by Sean Kilpatrick. With that behind them, the Huskies will take a break from Big East play and travel to Tennessee where they will take on the Volunteers, the second SEC opponent the Huskies have played this season. The Volunteers, who are also coming off of a loss after losing to Georgia in overtime on Wednesday, are 8-10 on the season. The Huskies record now stands at 14-4 and they are 1-0 against the SEC this season with a 75-62 win over Arkansas. Shooting guard Jeremy Lamb leads the Huskies this season with 17.7 points per game. The game starts at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and can be seen on CBS. Number of the Week: 13. Forward Emily Snodgrass leads the UConn Women’s Ice Hockey team with 13 points.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—NFL officials conspired to hide evidence linking concussions to dementia and brain disease, seven retired players charge in the latest lawsuit filed on the subject. The fraud and negligence lawsuit filed in Philadelphia accuses the National Football League of publishing nonscientific papers written by biased members of its medical committee, while denouncing valid research that suggested a link. The plaintiffs include former Philadelphia Eagles Ron Solt, who suffers from substantial memory loss, and Rich Miano, a University of Hawaii assistant coach who is asymptomatic but seeks medical monitoring. At least eight similar lawsuits have been filed in New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida. Twotime Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon and more than 100 other players have signed on, citing symptoms that range from occasional memory problems to depression to degenerative brain disease. “Rather than warn players that they risked permanent brain injury if they returned to play too soon after sustaining a concussion, the NFL actively deceived players, by misrepresenting to them that concussions did not present serious, lifealtering risks,” charges the suit filed Wednesday, the third to be filed in Philadelphia. The NFL will ask federal judges next week to consolidate the cases there before U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody, who has experience with multi-district litigation and was assigned the first NFL concussion case last summer. In that case, the league argues the suit should be dismissed on grounds the claims are barred under the players’ collective bargaining agreements. They’ve also moved to block players’ lawyers from taking wide-ranging depositions, at least early on, as the plaintiffs seek to keep the case alive. “Plaintiffs may not seek extensive, meritsbased discovery in order to salvage their insufficiently pleaded claims,” the NFL wrote in a filing this month. The players in that suit include former Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Brent Boyd, described by his lawyers as the only living player diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The degenerative brain disease, known as CTE, has typically been found in autopsies of people who have had multiple head injuries, including more than a dozen former NFL and NHL players. In the suit Wednesday, the 50-year-old Solt, of Wilkes-Barre, said he lives with substantial memory loss and ringing in the ears after suffering at least one concussion in his 10 NFL seasons, which included a stint with the Eagles from 1988 to 1991.
Can the New York Giants be stopped this postseason? By Darryl Blain Tri-State Sports Columnist Can the Giants be Stopped? The Giants have found themselves here again: The NFC Championship. It’s been a wacky season, to say the least. Midway through their schedule, many fans were writing them off as another Giants team that choked away the playoffs. They lost five of their final eight games. But now, that very same Giants team is playing for the NFC Championship after defeating the 15-1 Green Bay Packers on their own frigid grounds. Maybe wacky doesn’t cut it. Sunday will mark the third time since 2000 that the Giants find themselves in this position, and they have won the previous two games. This year, however, they face an opponent who is coming in just as hot as they are: The San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers just came off one of the most miraculous wins we’ve been treated to in a long time against the favored New Orleans Saints, and the Giants have to travel to San Francisco. While that seems like a very large order, the Giants are definitely capable of handling it. Eli Manning has inserted himself forcibly in the conversation of elite
QBs in the NFL, and the defense— now healthy—is playing arguably the best football of any defense in the past two weeks. If anyone can stop the Alex Smith train in San Francisco, it’s the Giants’ front four. Looking at things from the other side, the 49ers defense may not have been hot at the end of last week’s game, but they did as good of a job as anyone has holding Drew Brees to humble stats going into the fourth quarter. The four time all-pro selection and his famed offense had just 14 points on the board going into that wild final quarter. The San Fran offense is also playing above and beyond what any football fan with half a brain would have expected of them coming into the season. The fun doesn’t even stop there. Should the Giants advance, everyone could get the possible matchup that the sports world has been buzzing about since last weekend; a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. But the question still stands: Can the red-hot Giants be stopped? The other three remaining teams certainly have more than a fighting chance of spoiling their run. At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, football-loving Americans everywhere will sit down to find out.
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Friday, January 20, 2012
Hockey East or bust
SOME BEARCAT BRUTALITY
Huskies give Bearcats fifth straight conference loss
By Danielle Ennis Staff Writer
Mac Cerullo When it comes to conference realignment, the discussion is usually focused on football, but some conference realignment news has been steadily developing over the past few months that could significantly impact UConn men’s hockey. Back on Oct. 5, Notre Dame was announced as the 11th member of the Hockey East conference, the first such expansion since the University of Vermont in 2005-06. Then, on Dec. 20, the UConn athletic department announced that it had hired Stafford Sports, a nationally recognized sports consulting firm, to evaluate the men’s hockey program and assess the program’s level of support compared to other programs in the region. Spoilers. UConn men’s hockey’s level of support is abysmal compared to other programs in the region. The program doesn’t receive scholarships, and even if you ignore all the perks that other programs within New England receive that the men’s hockey team doesn’t, that fact alone prevents UConn from reaching its potential as a hockey power. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out, much less a major consulting effort, so clearly the department must have a better reason for evaluating the program than to figure out if the men’s hockey team is undersupported. This is pure speculation, but I think I know what their reason is. I think the school might be looking into a major upgrade of the program so it can make the jump to the Hockey East and become the conference’s 12th member. And man do I hope that’s the case. UConn may be a basketball school, but New England is a hotbed of hockey, and I see no reason why students wouldn’t embrace a competitive program the same way fans have embraced the men’s soccer team. Hartford Whalers gear is all across Connecticut, and throughout New England, the biggest winter sport at many high schools is hockey. Speaking for myself, some of my fondest sporting memories have come at a hockey rink. I doubt I’m alone in that thinking, and if you grew up rooting for or against schools like Fairfield Prep or Hamden in Connecticut or Catholic Memorial or BC High in Massachusetts like I did, then you remember how much fun a close, physical hockey game can be. Especially if there is a packed house and a contingent of away fans in the building to feed off of the whole time. And if UConn joined the Hockey East, that is exactly what you would get every game. Instead of competing against schools like Robert Morris and AIC, UConn would be competing against schools like Boston College, Boston University and UNH. Great programs who contend for the national championship every year, all right in our backyard. Tell me that wouldn’t be pretty cool. Now, I do recognize that it’s not as simple as just saying “Let’s make hockey better!” That’s the whole point of the consulting firm, to get all the details and find out how much things would cost. But if this is going to happen, there are facts that need to be considered.
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Cincinnati, who held their last opponent Notre Dame’s leading scorer Skylar Diggins to four points, gave the UConn women’s basketball team an early match, forcing turnovers and keeping the game within five late into the first half. However, the Bearcats, coached by former UConn player Jamelle Elliot, fell to the late but explosive Husky offense. Losing 80-37, they totaled only two more points than the Tar Heels did on Monday night against the Huskies. At half, the Huskies led 42-19, with 15 of the 19 Bearcat points coming from Dayeesha Hollins. In the second half, UConn’s defense held her to three points. “It’s what good teams do; they run you down. Hollins, my best player, started getting tired and eventually UConn wore us down. It took till the 10-minute mark to do so,” said Elliot. “I haven’t seen them press this well all season. Quick steals, easy layups, and open threes allowed them to seal the win.” Tiffany Hayes led the team in scoring with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, passing the 1,500 point mark for her career. Stefanie Dolson followed with 14 points and eight blocks. Hayes said her rebounds were above anything else. “Rebounding has always been something I like to do that people don’t notice. I love to get to the boards with the bigger players.”
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UConn guard Kelly Faris looks on as a teammate goes for a steal against a Cincinnati player. The Huskies, at home, defeated the Bearcats 80-37.
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Milestone week for several UConn players Hayes joined the 1,500-point club after dropping in a teamhigh 17 points (her total sits at 1,507 points) and moved past Throughout her time at UConn, former All-American Asjha Tiffany Hayes has at times been Jones for No. 17 on the allan afterthought while playing time scoring list. In addition, her three-point jumper alongside the likes to open the second of Maya Moore and half tied her with Tina Charles. Kerry Bascom for But last night, No. 9 in three-point the senior guard – field goals made who has two chamwith 161. pionships, three “I think you have Final Fours and a to give Tiffany a lot 130-4 record in her of credit because three-plus years in Notebook she’s been pretty a Husky uniform – consistent the whole joined elite company during No. 3 UConn’s (16-2, 5-1 Big East) four years that she’s been here,” 80-37 drubbing of conference coach Geno Auriemma said after the game. “You don’t get to be foe Cincinnati.
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UConn guard Tiffany Hayes dribbles the ball against a Cincinnati defender.
on the list of most things unless you’ve been pretty consistent.” Hayes, who wasn’t aware of her accomplishments until after the game, said, “It feels great to be amongst those players. I just hope that going forward in the season I can have as big an impact as they had when they were here.” Fellow starting guard Caroline Doty also reached a milestone in last night’s win, as a three-pointer early in the second half marked the 100th of her career. It was one of four straight made three-pointers by UConn between the 4:25 mark of the first half and the 17:53 mark in the second, which helped extend the lead from 11 points to 30.
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» MEN’S BASKETBALL
SEC action on tap for UConn this weekend By Colin McDonough Associate Sports Editor
rim to give the Bearcats a 70-67 win. Coach Jim Calhoun said he was disappointed with the loss and that not everyone was “fully The No. 13 UConn men’s invested” in the basketball team will game. The team is look to rebound at now looking ahead Tennessee tomorto the task at hand: row when the Tennessee. Huskies face the “They are a really Volunteers in a nongood team,” Giffey conference match said. “We saw up. UConn is comthe game against 14-4, 4-3 ing off a close loss Kentucky; they play at Gampel Pavilion tough, they play to Cincinnati on physical.” Wednesday night. UConn is 14-4 The Huskies with a 4-3 Big came back from an East record. After eight-point defiWednesday’s loss cit with less than to Cincinnati, the two minutes left 8-10, 1-3 Huskies dropped to to tie the game on eighth place in the a Shabazz Napier Sat., 4 p.m., CBS conference stand3-pointer with eight Knoxville, Tenn. ings. Even though seconds left. Sean a win down south Kilpatrick answered on Saturday won’t with a 3-pointer of his own six help UConn improve its place ticks later, and a Niels Giffey in the Big East, obviously the desperation heave hit the back team wants to return north with
a victory. “It’s always good to get out of conference and have a different team playing you,” Giffey said. “I think it’s going to be a real trip for us.” Giffey is looking forward to the trip and Napier said the game be a hard challenge for the Huskies. “They got great fans they got a great team,” Napier said. “It’s always going to be tough going out of conference, especially to Knoxville, hopefully we play well and get a win out of it.” UConn is 2-2 on the road this season. The Huskies’ wins came at South Florida and Notre Dame, while their two losses were on the road trip to New Jersey at Rutgers and Seton Hall. Last season, UConn was No. 8 heading into a contest in Hartford against Tennesse. The Huskies won 72-61 with Jeremy Lamb scoring 16 points.
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UConn’s Shabazz Nabier Lamb handles the ball past a Cincinnati defender during Wednesday night’s game against the Bearcats.